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**This is the Email Chayson sent out to Family and Friends for the BIG DAY! I love that I have this to keep. He did an amazing job planning. Complete with all of my friends, family, and favorites!

“Hey team!  

I put this group together so I can share with everyone the details of how/when/where/ I’m proposing to Victoria. Remember this is a SURPRISE, so you must swear a blood oath to continue reading… Not really, but nobody likes a surprise-ruiner so please shhhhhh. So without further ado, here is my diabolical plan.  

Diabolical Plan:

We’re going to lead off with our friend, Mrs. Sarah Falkenstein (code name: The Falcon), who will soon tell Victoria that she purchased some tickets to a wine-tasting event. She thinks JoJo from the Bachelorette is a guest host too! This “event” will take place at Public Services, a wine and whiskey bar in Downtown Houston, on Saturday July 7th, at 6:30PM. Yes, I am baiting my future fiance with wine and cheese and the Bachelor. Thank you, Sarah, for the assist. Fast-forward to Friday, July 6th, where Victoria’s cousin, Mrs. Elise Holland (code name: Hollandaise), will take Victoria to get a manicure/pedicure and relaaaax. Didn’t really have to twist Elise’s arm too hard for this one. Side note: She just had twins so she totally deserves it.  

On July 7th, I will start preparing the party room at Public Services at about 4PM, and I would like everyone to arrive around 6PM. At 6:30PM Sarah should arrive with Victoria, when Victoria opens the double doors to the party room, she will see all of us, and I will ask her about how she feels about seeing meeeee for the rest of her life.  

So just to be clear:


Saturday, July 7th, 2019 at 6:00 PM


Public Services Wine and Whiskey

202 Travis Street

Houston, TX 77002

How do I get there?

I suggest using Uber, but if you’d like to drive, there is a pay-to-park parking lot next to the bar – I’ve attached a picture for reference.

Will there be food?  

I can’t bribe Victoria with wine and cheese and not give her wine and cheese – that would be crazy. Yes, I will provide food.  

Will there be drinks?

There is a full-service bar available.

Dress code?

I’m never sure how to categorize these things, but I’d say Sunday best or business casual. I will be in a suit but that’s because I have a lady to impress.

Is there anything I need to do?

Show up at 6, eat the food, tell Victoria she looks pretty (because, obviously, she will), drink some drinks, and enjoy the company. 🙂

Okay so I know this email is long and a little silly, but in all seriousness, this is a big step for Victoria and I, and I am so so excited to ask her to marry me. You all mean a lot to us and we’d really love it if you can make it. If you have any questions or suggestions, please text me at my number listed below.”

From Chayson: When Victoria got to the place, I was standing in front of the door to the party room holding a rose. When she first saw me, she looked so confused because I told her I would be out of town for the weekend. I handed her the rose and opened the door to the party room – where everyone was standing in a semi-circle around the entrance. I took her hand, walked her to the middle of the circle, got on a knee and asked her to marry me.  AND SHE SAID YES!!!!

From Victoria: I love that he had everyone there to celebrate! One of his good friends is a chef, and she catered all of our favorite foods, and it was so great to share our special moment with loved ones. He decorated the area with little candles and lights, and made sure I had my friends and fam had me photo ready (thank you!). I walked out to my man, a gorgeous ring and the final rose.